SWAT standoff ends when police find gunman’s body in motel room

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. – A 3½-hour SWAT standoff at an Escondido motel ended Tuesday afternoon when police forced their way into a second-floor room and found the body of a man who had barricaded himself inside.

The incident began when a staff member at the Hacienda Motel at 735 Broadway called police just after 2 p.m. to say that a guest who was supposed to check out was refusing to leave. When officers arrived, they talked to the man through the door of his second-floor room, Escondido police Lt. Scott Walters said. The man told officers he had a gun and threatened to shoot them, Walters said. The officers retreated and heard two shots go off inside the room.

Police quickly swarmed the area, blocking off Broadway from Mission Avenue to Washington Avenue. An armored car and about a dozen heavily armed SWAT officers deployed in the parking lot of motel and police squad cars covered the back of the motel.

Shortly after 4 p.m., police set off a flash-bang grenade. A short time later they sent a robot up to the window of the room. Policed also tried to contact the man with bullhorns.

Finally, at about 5:30 p.m., SWAT officers forced their way into the room. They found the body of a man in his 30s who had taken his own life. They did not release the man’s name.

Police quickly reopened Broadway and cleared the scene.


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